A veteran makes too much money to get a COVID-19 vaccine, according to the VA in Ann Arbor

ANN ARBOR, me. – Don Schimmel, 93, is a WWII Navy veteran trying to get a coronavirus vaccine.

The VA in Ann Arbor said he was making too much money to get a COVID-19 vaccine. He’s not looking for benefits, he just wants a vaccine.

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Schimmel received a letter of rejection from the VA.

“You will be turned down beyond earnings limit to receive medical treatment from the Department of Veterans Affairs,” the refusal letter read.

In the letter, he was told that any appointments or medication set after February 24 would be canceled.

Schimmel returned from the war, lost a job and started his own company. He is now legally blind and is acting as a hobby during the pandemic. The VA considers itself rich. The VA said they will not provide him with the vaccine.


The VA issued the following statement:

Veterans must register with VA to receive medical care. However, not all veterans are eligible to enroll for VA health care.

Currently, the department is focused on dispensing vaccines that we have received for enrolled, eligible veterans. In addition, VA is working with the White House to see how VA can continue to support the nation’s vaccination efforts.

When veterans apply for VA health care, they are assigned to one of eight priority groups. VA’s goal is to vaccinate as many veterans as possible. Veterans who are not yet being cared for through the VA health system are encouraged to enroll now. VA participants must meet certain admission requirements under applicable law, including income limits.

Brian Hayes, VA Public Affairs Officer

Further information on eligibility for VA health care can be found here.

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